Carved Iv0ry? Handle

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by KSW, Mar 25, 2023.

  1. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    At the antiques fair there is a lovely lady who sells textiles and often has little bargains in her £2 pile :eek:
    Possibly a brush handle but surprising that such a beautiful thing could be for such a mundane purpose! c2.5” tall.
    1) Brush handle or something else? @Any Jewelry right up your street?
    2) I thought Iv0ry, she says bone (as she would) but looking at the parallel lines they don’t look like Schraeger lines but could it have been cut from a different angle.It doesn’t feel like celluloid.
    The carving is outstanding, a skilled hand has made this if it is carved. The photos don’t do it justice.
    on Google I delved into what walrus fang looked like in cross section but couldn’t find anything decisive.
    3)Age and origin
    4) what type of flowers are they? Again google failed me so I need a tame botanist @Ownedbybear please help!
    5) How do I clean it? Do I remove the string from the bottom or leave it?
    So many questions!
    Thankyou so much if you have made it this far!
    Edit- photos won’t load… you were….
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  2. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Sync complete :rolleyes:
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  3. silverbell

    silverbell Well-Known Member

    Lily of the Valley? And what size is this? Haven't a clue what all that ropery at the bottom contained, but I'd lop it all off and call it a statue! Charming!
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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Wonder if it's not a parasol finial.


  5. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Yes! That’s what it is! Thankyou

    Could well be! That’s a great suggestion.
  6. Lark

    Lark Well-Known Member

    My initial thought was Umbrella handle.
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  7. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    I can't be sure (your pics are really good, though) but could the material be marine ivory? In some of those pics I seem to see cracked ice, as in Walrus tooth.
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  8. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    I would certainly think a natural material rather than manmade.

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  9. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Lovely lily of the valley, convollaria majalis. That's a very pretty thing that is. I adore lily of the valley, too.

  10. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    I say iv0ry. It's so beautiful!
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  11. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!! And if you lop off that remnant 'ropery', we'll get to see the inside too!!!!!!!!:singing::singing::singing::singing::):):happy::happy: (I too am thinking marine....) AND, 'tall' is c2.5" please, since I don't see it held in your hand?
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2023
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  12. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone. I’ve been laid low with a horrid cold but I’ll cut off the stringy stuff and take some more photos tomorrow for size etc. I think it’s too small to be a parasol handle, the finial seems more likely.
    Off to bed to try to beat the bug :meh::android:
  13. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    "There is no try..." Yoda
    Endure, that's all there is. Heal Quickly!
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  14. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    Hope you feel better soon. :):)
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  15. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Feel better soon!!!!
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  16. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Not saying it is, but it resembles an Indian Mughal fly whisk.
    Could be African too.

    Most had horse hair but some African ones had hemp twine.
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  17. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Shoo, bugs! The two-legged petri dishes strike again? It's definitely not bone, but not elephant ivory either. And not artificial. Walrus tusk or whale tooth sounds about as good as any.
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  18. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I find the appearance to be completely consistent with elephant ivory.
  19. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    A charming Spring motif and one that is designed to be presented upright.

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  20. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    OOOOOHH!!! Right now I'm liking BEST ANSWERS of @daveydempsey's Mughal fly whisk OR @Debora's Parasol finial!!!!!!!!!
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